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iOS Malware Does Exist

by RSS Axelle Apvrille  |  June 09, 2014  |  Category: Security Research

With our FortiGuard Labs reporting that 96.5% of all mobile malware is Android based it would be easy to see why someone might opt for an iPhone. But, users beware. Don't write off iOS as the secure alternative to Android just yet! Despite, Android malware being nearly an epidemic, or as Tim Cook referenced, "a toxic hellstew", iOS is not immune.

Before somebody asks me (again) whether there are any iOS malware or not, I decided to consolidate the information for you. Hope this helps you, and keeps your (i-) phones secure :)

Name Discovery date Presumed origin Devices Type
iOS/Trapsms.A!tr.spy June 2009 Russia? Jailbroken SMS Forwarder
Spy/MobileSpy!iPhoneOS Aug 2009 USA Jailbroken Spyware
iOS/Eeki.A!worm Nov 2009 Australia (Ashley Towns) Jailbroken Worm Proof of Concept
iOS/Eeki.B!worm Nov 2009 The Netherlands Jailbroken Mobile banking malware
iOS/Toires.A!tr.spy Nov 2009 Switzerland (Nicolas Seriot) Any (jailbroken or not) Rogue application - Proof Of Concept
Adware/LBTM!iOS Sep 2010 France Any (jailbroken or not) - Was found (and removed) in the official AppStore Call premium phone number
Spy/iKeyGuard!iPhoneOS Apr 2011 Czech Rep. Jailbroken Keylogger
iOS/FindCall.A!tr.spy July 2012 Russia? Any (jailbroken or not) - Was found (and removed) in the official AppStore Privacy trojan
Riskware/Killmob!iOS July 2013 USA Jailbroken Spyware
iOS/AdThief.A!tr Mar 2014 China Jailbroken Ad revenue hijacking
iOS/SSLCreds.A!tr.pws Apr 2014 China Jailbroken Password stealer

So:

  • Yes, malware for iOS exist.
  • Yes, there are far less than on Android.
  • No, they don't concern only jailbroken phones.
  • Yes, some were found (and removed) in the AppStore.

-- the Crypto Girl

by RSS Axelle Apvrille  |  June 09, 2014  |  Category: Security Research
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